‘The Guns of Autumn’ revisited, then and now

As we head toward autumn and the initial opening of several hunting seasons, I’m reminded of a special anti-hunting program that CBS televised years ago. The program, “The Guns of Autumn,” aired in 1975, depicted hunting as a cruel, outdated activity, carried out by blood-thirsty killers and mentally inferior morons. Its level of inaccurate biasness bordered on the absurd, to say the least.

The reason this came to mind is the fact I’m noticing more and more officials elected or appointed to high government positions were reared in urban climates and are basically unfamiliar with the world beyond the city or suburban lines. Their often naďve and biased views can easily butt heads with the reality of the environment and demographics of their subjects …oops, make that constituents. And their inaccurate views on hunting and firearms ownership are often the basis of constituents’ fears.

For example, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote for this week on a presidential nominee opposed by many American hunters, gun owners, and farmers. The nominee, Cass Sunstein, has been tapped to lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) or “Regulatory Czar” (I hate that term) as the position is now known.

The job functions as the “choke point” between the White House and regulations from government agencies including the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Sunstein has written and spoken extensively regarding his anti-hunting and anti-Second amendment positions. He’s also advocated in favor of the legal standing in a court of law for animal rights.

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